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by nathan
Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:21 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Discussion of Nuclear Power and Safety
Replies: 274
Views: 32170

Re: Discussion of Nuclear Power and Safety

"Japan suspended operations to prevent a stricken nuclear plant from melting down Wednesday after a surge in radiation made it too dangerous for workers to remain at the facility." "The four reactors at Fukushima Daiichi have now been collectively hit by four explosions and two fires since a magnitu...
by nathan
Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:06 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Fasting and frugality in food
Replies: 21
Views: 3236

Re: Fasting and frugality in food

Conditions change. When there is this, then there is that, etc..

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by nathan
Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:28 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Discussion of Nuclear Power and Safety
Replies: 274
Views: 32170

Re: Discussion of Nuclear Power and Safety

Hmmm, pretty quiet thread now. I suppose the pro nuclear folks have all flown to Japan to roast hot dogs over the fire now blazing in reactor #2. Bon appetite. edit: Scratch that, it's #4 that is on fire now. Have to hurry with roasting the hot dogs though as one will absorb 500 times the yearly all...
by nathan
Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:40 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Commentaries are unreliable: I know better
Replies: 96
Views: 17511

Re: The Commentaries are unreliable: I know better

A glass of water and a little bit of moisturizing creme will clear up that dry insight problem in a jiffy.
by nathan
Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”
Replies: 266
Views: 56203

Re: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”

There are six transcripts of Dhamma Talks here which are discourses about Theravada Abhidhamma including many details of how this Venerable understands vipassana and jhana to be functioning together in various ways in various aspects of meditation in practice. There may be a number of details mentio...
by nathan
Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha to Buddha
Replies: 14
Views: 1258

Re: Buddha to Buddha

Nice party, I'll have a ginger ale and a sparkler.
by nathan
Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kruba Ariyachat and Amulets
Replies: 18
Views: 4518

Re: Kruba Ariyachat and Amulets

There is a similar mania here in the west called the 'SUV', they are worn by people often referred to as 'soccer moms' and regularly filled with what is understood to be 'dinosaur juice' and these ambulatory-lets are also highly revered for their alleged ability to protect those who wear them.
by nathan
Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2132
Views: 75186

Re: Is the result of Parinibbana Annihilation?

Having read Ajahn Brahm's book, Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond, this question keeps haunting me. With parinibbana described as the remainder-less cessation of everything , what is the difference between that and annihilation? I understand that as long as you're subject to rebirth, annihilation is wr...
by nathan
Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:01 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Anatta vs contemplations of death & metta vs merits making
Replies: 68
Views: 7506

Re: Anatta vs contemplations of death & metta vs merits making

As my comprehension of anatta and the essence of the mind (pure mind) increases, I find it "silly" now to contemplate the uncertainty of life and certainty of death -- both are anatta anyway, and the mind essence has no real change (no birth no death). Man, if you think there is a pure essential mi...
by nathan
Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”
Replies: 266
Views: 56203

Re: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”

By the way nathan, you mentioned that you experienced four jhanas of Samma Samadhi and various formless states, were you able to recall many fold past lives and have knowledge of the passing away and reappearance of beings as the Buddha and his disciples did after they attained these states, or are...
by nathan
Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”
Replies: 266
Views: 56203

Re: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”

I can only say that I find the fixation with the minutia of the descriptions of the process by the Blessed Buddha and his Sangha somewhat odd considering the relative simplicity and fluidity of the process when one is truly concerned with it I have never felt that jhana apart from the simultaneous ...
by nathan
Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”
Replies: 266
Views: 56203

Re: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”

Thank you, Nathan, for your inspiring and valuable posts. I think this discussion won't be so heated if the participants didn't have a personal experience of the states discussed. The issue is that people tend to mix the experience with it's interpretation, and then to defend this interpretation. I...
by nathan
Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”
Replies: 266
Views: 56203

Re: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”

This post is once again from a contemporary and experiential perspective, which may be understandably irrelevant to those who prefer to derive a methodology solely from their studious and reasoned arguments about descriptions recounted from relatively ancient people's direct experience and as record...
by nathan
Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sensations, Bait & Switch, Self Deception & Religion
Replies: 34
Views: 2007

Re: Sensations, Bait & Switch, Self Deception & Religion

This article, INTERSUBJECTIVITY AND EMBODIMENT by Jean-Pierre Dupuy Dupuy_Embodiment.pdf also found here: http://www.mimetictheory.net/bios/articles/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; may also be of interest to some here. It carries forward the academic reflections on the role of human ...
by nathan
Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sensations, Bait & Switch, Self Deception & Religion
Replies: 34
Views: 2007

Re: Sensations, Bait & Switch, Self Deception & Religion

In the two articles linked below, those here with an interest may find an introduction into some of the researchers who's work is concerned with developing some insights into the nature and purposes of violence in relation to the sacred (in other words religion) as these were understood and employed...
by nathan
Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”
Replies: 266
Views: 56203

Re: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”

I expect that what I can post about this subject will be discounted from the discussion because I'm not going to quote from the Tipitaka at all but I am optimistic that I can at least post this here because this is the modern Theravada sub-forum. When I develop first Jhana, I develop it based on con...
by nathan
Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Extreme is the New Normal
Replies: 284
Views: 19465

Re: Extreme is the New Normal

Congratulations to both of you, I no longer care what either side thinks about anything about these issues.
by nathan
Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!
Replies: 253
Views: 26028

Re: Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!

Aint that the truth...I find myself from time to time wondering how some members would cope with the rough and tumble of meat sangha. Theres nothing like it.....or as my hero Foghorn would say "theres nuthin', ah say theres nuthin' like it son ! " Oh dear yes. The last monastery I was at they beat ...
by nathan
Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Extreme is the New Normal
Replies: 284
Views: 19465

Re: Extreme is the New Normal

Ah, I see, you all have graphs! Of course, now I see, if only we all had more graphs we would be saved. Hang on, I will go out and cut down all my trees so that people can print up more graphs.
:rolleye:
by nathan
Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Extreme is the New Normal
Replies: 284
Views: 19465

Re: Extreme is the New Normal

Extreme points of view is the new normal. :woohoo: In the 1970s there were scares of global cooling . Today we are being scared (and new taxes are proposed) with global warming... Proposed? No. Implemented. Here in BC we are now paying, let's see, about 50 cents a gallon carbon tax on gasoline. Gas...